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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 48985, tabled on 19 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of excluding tax rebates from universal credit earnings assessments.

Answered on

8 June 2020

Repayments of income tax normally occur through recalculations of tax paid during a previous tax year when a claimant was in any paid work, thus repayments of income tax are taken into account as earnings in the calculation of Universal credit for the month in which they are repaid.

Any repayments will be treated as capital and follow normal capital rules.